Submit your comments about the proposed Bingay Coal Mine

Attention submit your comments by tomorrow December 4th to have your voices heard about the proposed Bingay Coal Mine north of Elkford!
 
Due to the Proposed Bingay Coal Mine's potential impacts on water quality, recreation and cumulative effects on aquatic resources, sensitive ecosystems, wildlife and wildlife habitat, ERA does not agree that this metallurgical coal mining development will be good for the watershed, adjacent terrestrial ecosystem, and community members. ERA believes this project has the potential to negatively impact the ability of future generations to fish, swim and recreate in a healthy watershed with access to protected potable water. As a society we need to weigh the proposed environmental, social, economic, heritage and health impacts of an industrial operation against the benefits of a short 13-year life span.
 
Click here to read the Elk Rive Alliance's letter to the Environmental Assessment Office that we are submitting regarding the project.
Feel free to use it as a template.
 
Submit your comments online by December 4th here
Read the project description here.
And the valued component description here.
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Cumulative Effect Management Framework - Fall 2017 Newsletter

The Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework (CEMF) working group has been busy this past year, and you can see what has been accomplished in their fall newsletter by following the link below:  

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BCWF Wetlandkeeper Course

If you're interested in learning about wetlands and would like to take a FREE course, look no further! We our hosting a Wetlandkeepers Course from October 12 - 14 (Thursday night 7 - 9pm and Friday & Saturday 9am - 4pm) where you can learn all about wetland conservation and gain hands-on skills! Call 250-423-4691 or visit the College of the Rockies in person or online, to register!

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7th Annual Elk River Shoreline Cleanup

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Finding Fontinalis - ERA Film & Fundraiser

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Wetland Therapy Underway in Sparwood

Wetlands have disappeared at an alarming rate in the Elk Valley.  They have been filled in for development, drained for urban expansion, and paved over for roads and railways.  Last week Elk Valley citizens got their feet wet and hands muddy to enhance a small wetland in Sparwood. 

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 Hard working volunteers in the heat helping wetlands in Sparwood.

 

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Elk River Map & Guide

If you haven't heard, we've released our new, one-of-a-kind Elk River Map & Guide! This guide includes valuable information about river access, white water classification, fishing regulations and fish handling, picnic/swimming sites and more along the length of the Elk River from Elkford to Koocanusa! Now available for $10 at many local retail shops in Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford.They will also be available at the Canada Day festivities in the kids zone tomorrow. Thanks to our sponsors Columbia Basin Trust, Tourism Fernie, District of Sparwood and Canadian Tire Fernie! 

 

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Selenium Concerns

While Teck is working hard to address the selenium issue in our watershed, there have been challenges that prove it is a difficult situation to solve. We should all monitor the progress on reducing the selenium levels in the Elk River Watershed, in our own backyards and our downstream neighbours. Check out these articles for some interesting updates and perspectives on water quality in our watershed:

http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/07/07/save-downstream-waters/

http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/…/05/b-c-putting-waters-risk/

http://flatheadbeacon.com/…/teck-committed-health-lake-koo…/

http://flatheadbeacon.com/…/failure-water-treatment-plant-…/

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Stewarding Silver Springs with MAST Students

Back in April, ERA joined forces with the College of the Rockies' Mountain Adventure Skills Training Program (MAST) students to continue in our efforts to steward Silver Springs. ERA has been and is continuing to care for Silver Springs, from the development of a proper parking lot to the ongoing work involved in building a backcountry toilet. The MAST students joined these effort on April 18, 2017 to help build a trail and install information and interpretive signs leading up to Silver Springs. You can read the full article here

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Annual General Meeting for 2016

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Elk River Alliance's 2016 Annual General Meeting! To anyone that wasn't able to make it, you can check out the report here! Thanks again for making 2016 such an amazing year for the Elk River and our community.

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